Day 23/365: During our last snow fall the snow was fluffy and full. It cast some pretty beautiful "diamond like" sparkles and I just sat and watched it snow while sitting on my kitchen floor looking out my back deck door. Winter is pretty harsh to us physically and emotionally and I know that I am feeling the woes lately. I was looking up why we have winter and I read about how this is considered the earth's chance for rebirth. When everything dies or hibernates for the winter, there is a chance for rebirth when it starts to warm up. That's why in the spring we see so many new baby animals and new sprouts of leaves, flowers, grass... I like that thought. I hibernate myself during the winter months. They drag on and on, yet thinking about this and how this could be a time for "rebirth" is really cool. Winter is when I focus more on me... I do yoga more, I read more, and I play games more with my kids. It's refreshing even though we feel like we are just stuck indoors with nothing to do.
I found some neat mythology about winter that I also wanted to share:
In Persian culture winter is called Yalda (birth). It is referred to as the eve of the birth of Mithra who symbolized light, goodness and strength on earth.
In Greek mythology, Hades kidnapped Persephone to be his wife. Zeus demanded Hades to return her to the goddess of Earth and her mother, Demeter. Instead, Hades tricked Persephone into eating the food of the dead so Zeus decreed that Persephone would spend 6 months with Demeter and 6 months with Hades. So, Demeter, out of depression during the 6 months that her daughter is with Hades, created winter.
I have taken on a challenge to take one photo a day for this entire year. I have been excited to join up with an amazing community of talented photographers who have also taken on this challenge. The goals I have for myself this year is to, first of all, complete the whole year of 365 photos. I also want to allow this challenge to teach me all I can about the equipment I have in order to better myself as a photographer. I am excited to learn and experience so much this year through this challenge. Thank you for taking the time to look through my journey. It truly means a lot to me.